Republic Restoratives Distillery: From Spirits to Sanitizer in a Time of Need

| By Sarah Jester

As the spread of coronavirus increases, bottles of hand sanitizer and other cleaning supplies have rapidly disappeared off the shelves of grocery stores and pharmacies in nearly every state. Thankfully, a local D.C. distillery has come up with an innovative solution to combat this problem. Certified LGBTBE® Republic Restoratives Distillery has begun making and packaging bottles of hand cleaner to be distributed for free to D.C. residents who purchase alcohol for delivery.  This is the story of yet another innovative, compassionate Certified LGBTBE® using their expertise to help others in a time of need.

“We’re facing such an incredibly devastating time ahead that anything we can do to change the dynamic for us and for other members of the D.C. food and beverage community, we’re doing,” owner Pia Carusone told the Washingtonian.

Republic Restoratives is one of the only self-distributing distilleries in D.C., which certainly comes in handy during a time when social distancing is necessary for the health of the public. Now, each time your order is delivered to your doorstep by a Republic Restoratives team member, a bottle of their hand cleaner is included.

Republic Restoratives followed an available World Health Organization recipe for hand cleaner in order to make their own. As alcohol is one of the main ingredients in hand sanitizers, the distillery was in an excellent place to begin production for D.C. residents.

“The hardest to acquire ingredient is high-proof spirit, which as a consumer you can’t just buy at a liquor store. Because we’re a distillery, we have plenty of that and we have the ability to make or acquire more,” Carusone told WTOP News.

Now, Republic Restoratives has been commissioned by the D.C. government to produce thousands of gallons of hand sanitizer that will be given directly to first responders and other essential workers that are most at risk. Here, D.C. is setting an important precedent by turning to small businesses in times of need.

The distillery is also doing its part to help out in other areas, offering discounts and virtual bartending courses on social media.

You can place an order for alcohol delivery any day of the week on Republic Restoratives’ website. Now, more than ever, is the time to support local LGBT-owned businesses.

For additional ways to help you, your business, and the LGBT community during this time, visit the NGLCC COVID-19 Resource Hub for the LGBT Business Community.